Two years after the release of “When the Sun Goes Down,” Disney star Selena Gomez released her first solo album titled “Stars Dance.” It is Gomez’s fourth studio album, but her first without her band “Selena Gomez and the Scene.”
With her recent role as Faith in the R-rated drama film “Spring Breakers” and the album being released just a few days before her landmark 21st birthday, “Stars Dance” shows off Gomez’s adult and more sensual side.
The album features 11 songs and several bonus tracks, depending on where you buy the album. (For example, iTunes has two bonus songs, while the Target version has four). “Stars Dance” has dance, electronic and even reggae elements to it,but all in all,it is the standard ‘pop music’album.
The themes from the album are typical of a Disney music star growing in to an adult with lyrics about love, relationships and attempts to show off her racy side. While the songs have are fun and the music will make you want to dance, the songs generally have the same sound and Gomez’s vocals are unimpressive.
The albums lead single, “Come and Get It,” which was first released in April, is one of the better songs in the collection. The songs Bollywood sound and electro-pop beat make it a fun listen and the lyrics are simple yet catchy enough to keep it stuck in your head.
“I’m not too shy to show I love you, I got no regrets/ I love you too much to, much to hide you, this love ain’t finished yet/ This love ain’t finished yet.../ So baby whenever you’re ready.../ When you’re ready/ Come and get it/ Na na na na/...”
The song is very Bollywood/Rihanna esque, with it’s foreign sounding background beat and it’s uncreative “na na nas.”
Another stand-out song on the album is the track “Slow Down,” featuring the indie pop duo The Cataracs. The song has a dance–pop sound with some dubstep elements while the lyrics talk about taking things slow. “If you want me I’m accepting applications/So long as we keep this record on rotation/ You know I’m good with mouth to mouth resuscitation/ Breathe me in, breathe me out/ So amazing.” Once again, Gomez is trying to branch out and show herself in a more adult and sexy light, but actually just confuse listeners.
If looking for the Selena’s sexy side, look no further than “Undercover” which features The Cataracs once more. It follows the same dubstep, dance club sound and an attempt at sexier lyrics. “You’re a sexy machine, you’re a hollywood dream/ And you got me feeling like a homecoming queen /Let’s drop out of this crowd, somewhere no one’s allowed /I want you / All to myself, I want you all to myself /And nobody else, yeah /You don’t need no other lover, we can keep it undercover.”
The lyrics are predictable and unimpressive; however, the music makes up for it, starting off Selena Gomez simple and slowly building up until the chorus where it virtually becomes impossible not to want to dance.
The album also has its slow songs like “Love Will Remember,” possibly inspired by her break-up with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. “Somewhere in forever / We’ll dance again /We used to be inseparable /I used to think that I was irreplace- able / We lit the whole world up/ Before weblewitup/Ijustdon’tknowhowwe screwed it up.” “Love Will Remember” is your standard pop-ballad that is easy listening, yet lacks depth.
While it does branch out from her previ- ous albums, the dubstep and Bollywood sounds make a fun dance album, although the lyrics and vocals are not impressive, leaving the album on a good but not great level.
In the end, Selena Gomez’s “Stars Dance” is a typical pop album that is enjoyable to listen to if you’re a female within the ages of 12 and 22, or Justin Bieber.